On Tuesday 27th October the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership held a launch event to promote the publication of the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy. The event was well attended, with over 50 people tuning in to learn about the strategy and hear from partners about ways to deliver the vision of 20% tree cover for Gloucestershire.
Following a welcome and introduction from Doug Hulyer, Chair of the GLNP, was Cllr Nigel Moore of Gloucestershire County Council, who outlined how the County Council will support delivery of the strategy in part through their climate change work.
The LNP Manager introduced some of the detail within the Strategy, a copy of which can be found here. The session also including an informative and passionate presentation from Ross Kennerley of the Woodland Trust and information about spatial mapping approaches that can guide the mantra of 'the right tree in the right place for the right reason'.
Attendees heard from the NFU about landowner barriers and opportunities to delivering the strategy, and from the Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group and Stroud Valleys Project on the excellent work they have and continue to deliver around tree planting and woodland creation.
One of the biggest questions from the event was clearly deliverability - the Vision is extremely ambitious, and its only by partners pulling together that we can hope to see its scale achieved. For a discussion about how your organisation can help, please don't hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to put you in touch with the right people or organisations or resources to help you.